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Episode 140 - Mark Ella

July 15, 2019

 

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In this podcast

2:00 – Welcome Mark Ella

2:35 – Pride for his Indigenous background

4:40 – His childhood in La Perouse

6:57 – Where the Ella sporting gene comes from

8:24 – Playing hooker in rugby league

10:00 – Who was the star Ella as kids

10:50 – His star cousin Steve Ella

11:55 – Matraville High School & having to walk past the jail everyday

14:03 – Learning to play Rugby Union & the flat line

16:44 – The famous Invincible Australian Schoolboys team

18:07 – The secret fund from Harry Ella to get the Ella boys on tour

20:28 – Reaction to 3 Aboriginal kids playing a private school sports

22:30 – Kurtley Beale & the Wallabies wearing the Indigenous jersey

27:15 – Playing against his brothers in the selection trials

28:39 – The unseeable game at Twickenham

31:24 – Coming back from the tour and coming back on the front page of the paper

36:42 – First grade debut for Randwick

38:10 – Development under Bob Dwyer

39:50 – What he looks for in the first 15 minutes

40:44 – Not meant to be a coach and why he did it

41:55 – Getting brushed for a gold medal

42:20 – David Campese

44:18 – His job at Rothmans

46:45 – Wallabies debut

50:00 – The famous around the back pass

50:40 – Being dropped in 1982

52:55 – Becoming Wallabies captain

54:58 – Leadership

57:18 – Losing the Australian captaincy

59:42 – Bullet ball style of play

1:00:30 – Try against Ireland

1:00:57 – How they achieved the Grand Slam

1:02:43 – Why he retired at 25

1:03:38 – How close he came to going to St George Dragons

1:04:39 – Developing in the media

1:06:30 – Meeting Viv Richards and interviewing him

1:12:41 – Toughest opponent

1:13:15 – Funniest team mate

1:13:57 – Favorite ground to play at

1:15:58 – 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

 

 

 

MARK ELLA

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My special guest is Mark Ella. Mark is a former Australian Rugby Union player and captain of the Wallabies. After debuting for the Wallabies on the 1979 tour of Argentina, Mark would play 25 tests for his country including 10 as captain. He would retire at the young age of 25 and post rugby has been involved in coaching, sports administration, corporate marketing and media. 

 

 

Related Episodes - Episode 91: James Horwill | Episode 92: David Lyons |

Episode 101: Stirling Mortlock | Episode 117: Michael Lynagh

 

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